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Rays trade for yet another outfielder in Corey Dickerson

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The crowded outfield of the Tampa Bay Rays got a little more packed Thursday afternoon when the team traded for Colorado outfielder Corey Dickerson. It added one more bat – a promising one, judging by Dickerson’s production so far in his young career – to an outfield that already has promise. There is Kevin Kiermaier, the reigning gold-glove center fielder. And Steven Souza Jr., who showed promise although he didn’t hit for much average. There is Desmond Jennings, who was…

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Knee injury will sideline Rays’ relief pitcher Jake McGee for 6-8 weeks

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The Tampa Bay Rays, struggling to stay alive in the AL East playoff race, has suffered another blow. Relief pitcher Jake McGee has been diagnosed as having a torn meniscus in his left knee and will miss 6-8 weeks. McGee had made 36 apperarances for the Rays and had 2.57 ERA with six saves. The injury comes at a bad time with Brad Boxberger, the Rays’ other late-inning specialist, in a nosedive. Boxberger has a 3.19 ERA and 29 saves,…

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Rays lose one late as Rangers manage to get to reliever Jake McGee

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This time, there was no comeback. This time, there was no close-out. This time, the Tampa Bay Rays lost. The Rays had a four-game winning streak snapped in a 5-3 loss to the Texas Rangers Friday night, a rare game in that they didn’t come from behind to win, as they have done 24 times, and they didn’t have their bullpen star late in the game, as in most of their victories. Hard-throwing pitcher Jake McGee entered with a 3-3…

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Rays’ rookie Richie Shaffer homers to lead victory over the Mets

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Tampa Bay, say hello to Richie Shaffer. Shaffer, the Rays’ publicized young infielder, went three-for-three, scored three runs and had the game-winning home run for the Rays, as they won their series with a 4-3 victory over the New York Mets. Shaffer, playing designated hitter in his first game at Tropicana Field, led off the seventh inning with his tie-breaking homer. For the second straight game, the Rays fell behind 3-0 early. This time, it was when Rays’ starter Chris…

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Rays’ Grady Sizemore leads comeback victory over New York Mets

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It started terribly. For the first time in a while, however, it finished the way it was supposed to for the Tampa Bay Rays. The Rays rallied from a 3-0 deficit before they ever came to bat and pulled out a 5-4 victory over the New York Mets on Saturday. This time, things went according to plan, as the bullpen combo of Jake McGee and Brad Boxberger (and Steve Geltz and Xavier Cedeno) shut out the Mets for an inning…

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Rays’ Kevin Keirmaier gunned down tying run to preserve Rays’ win

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Here’s a bad idea. The game is on the line, and you’re going to run on Kevin Kiermaier. Really? Kiermaier, second in the American League in throwing out opposing baserunners, did it again in the bottom of the ninth inning of Tampa Bay’s 5-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. Kiermaier gunned down Alexei Ramirez, his short hop finding Curt Casali, who tagged over a somersaulting Rameriz. It was the 12th assist of the year for Kiermaier. If Ramirez had not…

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Rays get home runs from unlikely sources in victory over Blue Jays

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Well, look who has some power, after all. The Tampa Bay Rays,  hardly feared on the other side of the fence, hit home runs in the seventh and eighth inning of Saturday’s games against the Toronto Blue Jays, lifting the team to a 3-2 victory. Brandon Guyer tied things in the seventh, and Curt Casali gave Tampa Bay the go-ahead in the eighth as the Rays won to edge back over .500 and take over second place in the AL…

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